Medford (Oregon)

Medford autumns tend to be very mild, and dry when compared to the rest of the state.

Medford is a city in the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon. The town is southern Oregon's largest and most diverse city, brimming with historical and cultural attractions while offering regional tax-free shopping. Medford is the county seat of Jackson County, and is the commercial and medical hub of southern Oregon.


At 1,382 feet above sea level, Medford is protected by surrounding mountains, and the area is favored with a mild climate. Annual average rainfall is 18-20 inches, about the same as San Francisco. The seasons are clearly defined, temperatures are generally mild overall, and yearly snowfall is three to four inches on the valley floor. The median winter temperature is 36 degrees. Summers are warm with a median temperature of 94 degrees and an average of 15 days over 100 degrees. Humidity is low. Because of the layout of surrounding mountains, Medford's climate is more similar to that of nearby northern California than the rest of Oregon: relatively dry, with warmer summers and more mild winters.

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 47 53 58 64 72 81 90 90 83 70 52 45
Nightly lows (°F) 30 33 35 39 44 50 55 54 48 40 35 31
Precipitation (in) 5.67 3.3 2.55 1.51 1.21 0.68 0.31 0.52 0.78 1.31 3.43 4.4

Get in

By plane

The Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport, located in Medford, is the area's regional airport serving Jackson County, the entire Rogue Valley, and seven addition counties. Currently there are four airline carriers servicing the airport with approximately 56 arriving and departing flights daily. Non-stop jet service to Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.

By bus

The Greyhound bus depot is directly south of the local municipal bus station in downtown Medford. Northbound and southbound busses pass through twice daily.

By train

Medford does not have a passenger rail service; however, Amtrak offers connecting bus routes to Klamath Falls, the nearest station serviced by the Amtrak Coast Starlight line.

By car

Medford is 27 miles north of the California border, 118 miles east of the Pacific Ocean, and 75 miles west of Klamath Falls. Medford's location gives it ready access to numerous feeder highways. Medford is about midway between Portland, 273 miles to the north, and San Francisco, 373 miles to the south. Interstate 5 runs right through the middle of the city with an exit at both the north and south end of the city for easy downtown access.

Get around




Southern Oregon, and Oregon in general, are excellent destinations for outdoor enthusiasts. Medford, as the hub of southern Oregon and home to some of the mildest weather in the state, is a popular launching point for many outdoor activities. The primary terrain is mountainous, with a large and mild valley where the city is located.


Medford is host to golf courses of varying quality. Some of the more well-known are:






Theres a KOA in Gold Hill, to the northwest down I-5; another commercial campground is out Highway 140 about ten miles east of White City. Farther away are national forest campground, but they are a bit of a commute.


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Routes through Medford

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